200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes: From Cheddar and Brie to Butter and Yogurt

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How to create artisanal-quality cheeses, butters and yogurts.

Homemade cheeses can easily surpass any commercially made cheese. In fact, the techniques used in home brewing, canning, pickling and wine making are quite similar to those needed to make cheese. More than ever, home cheese-making supplies and equipment are easy to find, and the only other requirement is a kitchen.

The recipes in this book feature step-by-step instructions that ...

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Overview

How to create artisanal-quality cheeses, butters and yogurts.

Homemade cheeses can easily surpass any commercially made cheese. In fact, the techniques used in home brewing, canning, pickling and wine making are quite similar to those needed to make cheese. More than ever, home cheese-making supplies and equipment are easy to find, and the only other requirement is a kitchen.

The recipes in this book feature step-by-step instructions that eliminate all the guesswork. From cleaning to sterilization, every technique and process is explained clearly so that even a novice can create artisanal-quality cheeses. The book describes all cheese types and families, ripening and aging techniques and the kinds of milk and other components needed. The recipes feature:

  • Spreadables — cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta, mascarpone
  • Stretched cheeses — mozarella, bocconcini,
    provolone
  • Mold-ripened cheeses — Brie, Camembert, Valencay
  • Blue cheeses — Roquefort, Stilton, Gorgonzola
  • Washed rind cheeses — St. Paulin, Oka, brick
  • Hard cheeses — cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan
  • Ethnic and specialty cheeses — haloumi, queso blanco, paneer, feta.

Recipes for yogurts, kefirs, butters and buttermilk, as well as recipes that feature the homemade cheeses, round out the collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Pacific Northwest Cheese Project blog
What sets this book apart is that Amrein-Boyes is a professional cheesemaker she's the genius behind The Farm House Natural Cheeses, one of British Columbia's most outstanding artisan cheesemakers. This is important information to know, because it tells you that the author knows what she's talking about...the recipes are written from a cheesemaker's perspective rather than a chef's or home cook's perspective... Helpful troubleshooting tips something I've not seen before in a home cheesemaking book will aid in the diagnosis of problems as they come up...This is one of the best cheesemaking books I've come across Amrein-Boyes conveys the complexity and rigor of the practice of cheesemaking, while at the same time making the craft accessible to the masses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778802181
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 868,530
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Amrein-Boyes, owner and head cheese-maker of The Farm House Natural Cheeses, is considered to be one of Canada's top cheese makers. She spent several years learning cheese-making in Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

The History of Cheese
How to Use This Book
What is Cheese?
Basic Cheese-Making Steps and Techniques
All About Milk
Ingredients
Mother Culture
Equipment and Tools
Wrapping and Storing Cheeses
Sanitation

Fresh Cheeses
Stretched-Curd (Pasta Filata) Cheeses
Mold-Ripened Cheeses
Blue-Veined Cheeses
Washed-Rind Cheeses
Washed-Curd and Semisoft Cheeses
Semifirm and Hard Cheeses
Ethnic and Regional Cheeses
Yogurt Kefir
Butter, Buttermilk and Crème Fraîche

Glossary
Sources
Index

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Preface

Introduction

"A BOOK OF VERSES underneath the Bough, a Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou.... " This well known quote comes from one of the most famous romantics of all time, but what is missing from this picnic in paradise? The cheese, of course! While not mentioned in the poem, it is quite possible that cheese was on the menu that day. When Omar Khayyám penned these words more than 800 years ago, cheese was already a staple food.

Though the origin of cheese, like that of so many things in human history, is shrouded in mystery, it is safe to say that people of many cultures and traditions found ways early on to preserve the bounty and goodness of fresh milk, whether from cow, sheep, goat or camel, in this form. However it came to be, cheese is a valuable food: packed with important nutrients and a vital staple in the diets of most cultures.

In traditional agriculture, cheese making was a way of preserving the summer's milk surplus for consumption in the leaner winter season, when the animals were awaiting the arrival of their young in the spring. Domesticated milk-producing animals have a period during which they are "dry," or not lactating, while their bodies store energy for the birth of their young. Since this phase can last from a few weeks up to several months, depending on the breed of animal, it was important to be prepared for that interval of no milk production. In the summer months, the farmer's wife would often become a cheese maker, filling the cellar with enough cheese for the family's own needs and producing a bit extra to sell at the market to supplement the farm income in the winter.

The making of cheese on the farm was, and to some extent still is, an important part of many Old World cultures, but it was not continued to the same degree in the New World. However, things are changing. In the last 20 years or so, there has been a rediscovery of farmstead, or artisanal, cheese making, thanks to consumers who are actively seeking a more local, natural diet as an alternative to an increasingly industrialized and globalized food industry.

My personal story of cheese making began in 1978 with a trip to the Swiss Alps. I was attending a wedding, and the bride's parents invited me to spend several days with them at their holiday chalet in the mountains. While there, we visited a Senn, or Alpine herdsman, who was in charge of the farmers' cows on the summer pasture. I remember the copper cauldron hanging over the wood fire in a low-ceilinged hut and the fresh cheeses draining on the boards along the walls. Right on the other side of the stone wall were the cows, back in their stalls for the evening milking after a day of grazing the Alpine meadows. After I returned to Canada, I tried my hand at cheese making, but my information was sketchy and I failed dismally.
The long-suffering barn cats finished off what was left of my inedible cheese, and I shelved the idea. But destiny had other plans for me: several years later I returned to the Swiss Alps to live and raise a family, and there began again to learn the satisfying art of cheese making.

This book will help you discover a bit of this cheese-making heritage for yourself, at home in your own kitchen. Some of the recipes are time-tested ones that your great-grandmother could very likely have made in her farm kitchen, while others have been collected from around the world. There are also some new ideas to try, with unusual ingredients. We will cover everything from simple fresh cheeses and related dairy products (such as butter, crème fraîche and ricotta) to traditional hard cheeses (such as Cheddar, Gruyere and Parmesan) to special ethnic cheeses.

I hope you enjoy the process, but most of all the result. There's nothing like a fresh pizza on which even the mozzarella is made from scratch. Be sure to take some along on that perfect picnic!

A note on Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) and Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) cheeses: like fine wines, many cheeses are traditional to certain areas of the world and are made according to clearly outlined specifications to maintain their authenticity. In this book, we will be speaking of cheeses made in the style of many of these specialty cheeses.

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